Bao burgers and lobster rolls join the menu lineup at new downtown food hall

The team behind the seafood-focused restaurant Station 16 in midtown is opening a sister eatery called Station 8 inside downtown’s much-anticipated food hall The Bank, which is expected to debut on Sept. 1.

"We're doing a smaller-scale [version] at The Bank, so we figured that we'd just cut the number 16 in half," says co-owner Trinh Le, referring to the Station 8 name. “We’ll do it like Station 16, but with a little bit of a twist to it." He and his wife Minnie Nguyen, the restaurant's executive chef, who also own Firehouse Crawfish in South Sacramento together and opened Station 38 Coffee in East Sacramento earlier this month, want to cater to the in-and-out downtown crowds by offering a fast-casual menu with items like bao burgers and lobster rolls.

The menu, created by Nguyen and Station 16’s head chef F.J. Villalobos, will feature up to 15 items, including non-GMO, grass-fed beef burgers like the midtown location's staple "The Burger" (which comes with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg on a brioche bun) and a blackened salmon sandwich, in addition to the aforementioned lobster roll and Chinese bao burger with a pork belly patty. And that's just for starters. “We’re still in the beta stages of everything right now,” says Villalobos. “Once The Bank grows, hopefully we'll be able to grow our menu as well.”


FJ Villalobos